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Res Vet Sci. 1990 Mar;48(2):141-4.

Effect of age on sensory nerve conduction velocity in the horse.

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Department of Surgery and Obstetrics, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.


This study aimed to establish a clinically reproducible method of evaluation of sensory nerve conduction in the horse and to provide reference values in a group of normal horses. Age-related changes in the sensory nerve conduction velocity were of particular interest. Sensory nerve conduction was performed in the lateral palmar nerve. The results revealed an increase in velocity over the first year of life and a subsequent decrease in velocity in older horses. The effect of age must be considered if results from horses in which peripheral nerve disease is suspected are to be interpreted correctly. The results reflect similar findings in man and other domestic species.

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